Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Darkover" was a violent place, full of vengeance, vendetta, battles, stabbing, dueling, intrigue, and swordplay. Fans loved it this way, although "Two to Conquer" was more violent than usual. It had a complicated plot about an Earthman visiting on Darkover and the endless battles to rule the "Hundred Kingdoms." The main character was a brutal warrior type, depicted here in faux-Celtic armor and weaponry. I did this elaborate portrait for the cover of "Jumeaux," a fan magazine that flourished in the mid-1980s.
Original drawing is ink on illustration board, 8 1/2" x 10 1/2", mid-1980s.